Brian Dennehy death: Tommy Boy and First Blood star dies aged 81

Brian Dennehy death: Tommy Boy and First Blood star dies aged 81


Brian Dennehy death: Tommy Boy and First Blood star dies aged 81 1

Brian Dennehy has died at the age of 81, of natural causes.

His daughter Elizabeth confirmed on Twitter that the actor, who is best known for his roles in First Blood and Tommy Boy, passed away on Wednesday in Connecticut.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related,” she wrote.

“Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.”


Dennehy was highly respected for his work in film, TV and theatre, and is most widely known for portraying the sheriff who pursues Sylvester Stallone‘s John Rambo in the iconic 1982 action thriller.

In Chris Farley and David Spade’s beloved comedy Tommy Boy, Dennehy played the role of Big Tom Callahan.

Across his storied career, he also earned a Golden Globe Award and five Primetime Emmys, as well as two Tony Awards for his acclaimed work on-stage, in Death of a Salesman in 1999 and Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003.

Dennehy is survived by his wife and five children.

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